SEATTLE -- Global
Market Insite (GMI), a market research firm that counts Microsoft,
Amazon.com and Proctor & Gamble among its clients, released
results of a global poll showing that concern over U.S. foreign
policy and fear of terrorism have caused a number of overseas
consumers to shun U.S. tourism products.
A sample of 8,000
consumers from the G8 countries -- Canada, France, Germany, Japan,
Italy, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S. -- indicated that 55% of
Japanese, 36% of Germans and 32% of French are less likely to visit
America for business or tourism because of its global war on
terrorism and unilateral foreign policies, according to
Fifty-five percent of
international consumers indicated increasingly negative perceptions
of the U.S. while another 67% said American foreign policies are
guided by self interests and empire building.
According to the
survey, 57% of Japanese, 44% of Chinese and 38% of British said
they would avoid flying an American-owned and -operated airline on
an international trip. Of those, 92% of Japanese, 88% of Chinese
and 87% of British cited their fear of terrorism targeting the U.S.
as the reason for avoiding American carriers.
To contact the
reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David Cogswell at